Bethany Payton-O’Brien

Tully Rinckey PLLC

Bethany O’Brien focuses her practice on security clearance representation and military law, including litigation, dispute resolution, criminal law and administrative law. She can represent clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, as well as all military review boards and trial courts. She is a partner at Tully Rinckey PLLC’s San Diego office.

Prior to joining Tully Rinckey PLLC, Bethany retired from the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG), where she achieved the rank of Captain.  Prior to joining the firm, she was a Senior Military Judge for the Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary, Southwest District, Western Judicial Circuit, in San Diego.

She adjudicated the full spectrum of over 200  felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, including numerous sexual assault, fraud, property crime and drug cases, as well as officer misconduct. She presided over all aspects of the court-martial process, and she managed, supervised and trained judges, law clerks and paralegals.

In addition to serving as Trial Judge, Bethany previously was a Senior Appellate Judge on the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, where she adjudicated over 500 criminal appeals.  Bethany has prosecuted and defended military members in over 150 felony and misdemeanor cases, with offenses ranging from larceny to murder. She also served as Staff Judge Advocate to numerous flag officers during her career.

Besides San Diego, Bethany has served in Washington, D.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Norfolk, Va.; Groton, Conn.; Bremerton, Wash.; and Yokosuka, Japan.  Bethany received the Navy JAG Corps’ certification in the Military Justice Litigation Qualification track in 2008.

Bethany received her Master of Laws degree in trial advocacy from California Western School of Law and she earned a Certificate in Judicial Development in General Jurisdiction Trial Skills from the National Judicial College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts’  degree from Wayne State University and her Juris Doctorate from DePaul College of Law.

Besides her legal work, Bethany has taught at military law symposiums in India and Mexico, and conducted numerous trainings for Navy personnel on the subjects of litigation and Victim-Witness Advocacy.  She published an article in the Federal Criminal Defense Journal.  She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, as well as  the National Association of Women Judges, where she serves on the Military Courts Committee.


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  1. Negative

    Representing the Few Who Disgrace the Proud

    Participation in an illegal human trafficking scheme is a clear violation of the law. Marines are not above the law and using humiliation as a mitigating factor is asinine. It is my personal belief that when you participate in activity that you know is against the law, you waive a certain amount of your “rights”. It isn’t hard to see through this “care” Bethany is trying to exhibit and it’s obvious she is only representing these piece of shit Marines to fill her pockets. These Marines involved need to be dealt with fairness but firmness and if found guilty they need to be dishonorably discharged and they need to serve time in prison.
    An infantry Sgt

    1. Bethany Payton Obrien

      You are not my client and have no idea!

      Thank you “infantry Sgt” for your input. Since I have never represented you in any case, you are not familiar with my work and all the effort I expend to provide legal representation to those accused of crimes. Military members have a right to legal representation when they are facing charges. You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but let’s hope you never need a lawyer. Of course, merely being accused of a crime does not mean you are guilty.

  2. Kristopher Richardson

    Absolutely appreciate all the hard work!

    Mrs. Peyton O’Brien is an excellent lawyer, I used her services for a time when I needed a lawyer. She was less expensive and did 10x the work then what I’ve experienced and witnessed from more expensive lawyers. She went above and beyond to make sure I was taken care of. I would recomend her to any who is in need of a lawyer dealing with UCMJ. Thank you for all your hard work!!

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